Avoid shampooing for 72 hours. One of the first and biggest mistakes you can make when it comes to dyed hair is to wash it too soon after dyeing. The dyeing process opens the cuticle layer of hair, which is where the dye actually resides in strands of hair. One of the first steps to preserving color entails giving the cuticle layers of hair enough time to close completely before washing the hair. To do this, you should wait 72 hours after dyeing your hair before ever washing it.
- As many people already know, the dye will seep out naturally to some degree as the cuticle layers of the hair close. You should wear dark clothing and use dark pillow cases during this period to avoid staining them.
wash your hair less frequently. Even after the cuticle layer of hair closes, shampooing causes hair to swell and allows the color to escape. By simply washing your hair less often, you can help preserve the color.
- If you have an oily hair type and would really hate washing less often, take advantage of color-safe dry shampoo. This will allow you to clean your hair minus the water and suds.
Use color-safe shampoos and conditioners. When you do actually wash your hair in the shower, use a shampoo specifically formulated to preserve dyed hair. Most companies now offer lines of color-protecting shampoos and conditioners. These products actually help seal your hair cuticles, which help to lock dye inside hair strands.
- In addition to using color-protecting products, you should also completely avoid clarifying shampoos because they can strip hair strands and speed up the fading process. Some stylists may recommend a clarifying shampoo the day before a color refresh, however, specifically because they help strip the old dye and ready the hair for the fresh dye.
- You can also look into products such as Color Conditioner. This and similar products contain trace amounts of dye and deposit it on your hair when used, essentially providing a micro-recoloring each time you use them. Just make sure to find the product appropriate to the color of your hair.